Josephine Pui-Hing Wong has extensive experience in critical public health and urban health, including the development of public health access and equity policy and practice frameworks, and large-scale health communication campaigns. She collaborates with marginalized communities to develop, implement and evaluate capacity-building health promotion and collective empowerment programs.
Josephine see students as active learners with lived experiences that inform their personal- professional-political perspectives and practices. Her teaching focuses on community health nursing and people-centered urban health promotion, with an emphasis on making visible historical and current structural violence, systemic racism, and other oppressions that result in preventable social and health disparities. In addition to her assigned teaching, she collaborates with community partners to establish community-campus critical learning circles that bring together community members, service providers, and students to engage in critical dialogue, knowledge exchange and collaborative writing. She also supervises and mentors research trainees at the master, doctoral and post-doctoral levels.
Josephine’s program of research is underpinned by the principles of social justice and equity. She is committed to doing research “with” and not “for” the affected communities. She seeks to answer the “so what” and “what then” questions in all her research. Being mindful of the need and urgency to go beyond understanding specific phenomena about health inequities, she works closely with the affected communities to develop socially innovative solutions that promote collective resilience and social change. Her areas of research include: social identities and health practices; HIV, sexual health, and mental health in diasporic and transnational communities. She has led and is leading numerous intervention studies on stigma reduction and mental health promotion in the Asian, Black and Latino communities in Canada as well as among university students in China. Currently, she is leading a rapid response research to mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID19 pandemic. Her research is supported by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), the Movember Foundation, Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD), New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF), Funds For Innovation and Transformation (FIT), and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
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